In the days of ancient Rome, slaves were pitted against Gladiators and creatures from exotic lands to engage in mortal combat for the entertainment of thousands at the Coliseum. Today, as with many things, we have robots do the job for us. Clone Drone in the Danger Zone is basically the cooler videogame version of those real-life Roman games, and it’s a grand time.
A Space Odyssey, Monkey Style!
HIGH Diverse levels and puzzle mechanics.
LOW Too difficult to play with… anyone, actually!
WTF No remappable controls in 2021? Are you serious!?
Canine Interest You In Doggos?
HIGH Buying all new hats and accessories for the dogs.
LOW Finding out I was almost at the end of the game.
WTF A very weird bug that stretched my dogs to infinity (and beyond!)
Has Nothing To Do With Octopi
HIGH Matches are quick and perfect for pickup-and-play.
LOW No online mode or bots for single players.
WTF Pressing start can pause the main menu screen.
The Chill Of Victory. The Agony Of Cold Feet.
HIGH The upgraded Be a Pro is a huge improvement.
LOW Player models are showing their age.
WTF The announcing in NHL Threes should be abandoned immediately.
Enlisted is a bold attempt at tackling a bloated genre. The World War II shooter has more entries than I can count, but even bolder than trying to crack this style is that it’s also entering the similarly-crowded online-only field.
A New Red Scare
HIGH It’s still that same satisfying Call of Duty gameplay…
LOW …in a severely half-baked, racist and politically screwed-up package.
WTF Someone thought a dangerously right-wing game was needed in 2020?
Gears Got Political, Huh?
HIGH The Gears series coming to terms with what it is.
LOW Ranked matches remain toxic. Fahz.
WTF Marcus has an unlockable ‘They f***ed up my tomatoes’ voice line
Everyone’s got a game that they’ve played for a long time. Maybe forever. StarCraft II is one of mine. I play other things too, but recently I’ve found myself spending a lot of time in this familiar place. Each time I fire it up, I ask myself the same question: “Why this game? What keeps me coming back?”
In Search Of Next-Gen Writers
HIGH The on-court mechanics are more player-controlled than ever
LOW Microtransactions are necessary to succeed, even on Rookie.
WTF The finale of “Dawson’s Creek” had more emotional depth